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In Memory

Tessa Dettman (C17), a promising music theatre artist, died on August 19 at age 25. Nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for her role as Jo March in Brown Paper Box Company’s production of Little Women, Dettman was involved in nine productions at Northwestern, including A Midsummer Night’s Daydream, American Idiot, and Into the Woods. A theatre major in the music theatre and integrated marketing communications certificate programs, she also acted in radio/television/film student projects. She is survived by her parents, Gary Dettman and Martha Basile.

Gerald Freedman (C49, GC50), a prolific stage director, died on March 17 at age 92 at his home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Early in his career, he was assistant director to Jerome Robbins for the Broadway premieres of Bells Are Ringing, West Side Story, and Gypsy. He directed 15 Broadway productions, including the original production of Hai, King Lear with Lee J. Cobb, revivals of West Side Story, Arthur Miller’s The Creation of the World and Other Business, and two productions of The Robber Bridegroom, which earned him Drama Desk Award nominations for best director of a musical in 1975 and 1976. He received a 1960 Obie Award for The Taming of the Shrew, his first production for Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival, where he was artistic director from 1967 to 1971. He was co-artistic director, with John Houseman, of the Acting Company from 1974 to 1977 and artistic director of the Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland from 1985 to 1997. In 2000 Freedman was the first American to direct at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. He taught at the Yale School of Drama and Juilliard and for nearly 20 years served as dean of drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Isaac Klein’s book The School of Doing: Lessons from Theater Master Gerald Freedman, about his process as a director and philosophy of actor training, was published in 2017. The Lorain, Ohio, native earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northwestern, where he studied under legendary interpretation teacher Alvina Krause.

Thomas McClain, former Northwestern debate coach, died on October 6 at age 88 in Evanston. Born in Mississippi, McClain attended Bethany Nazarene College in Oklahoma, where he met Joy, his wife of 67 years. After serving in the US Army, he earned his master’s degree at Redlands University in California, followed by a doctorate at the University of Iowa. The McClains and their three children moved to Evanston in 1964, when he started as an assistant professor in the School of Speech and also served as debate coach. His team won the National Collegiate Debate title in 1966, and the next year he was named Collegiate Debate Coach of the Year. In 1970 McClain moved to New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, where he coached the debate team until he retired in 1994. He is survived by Joy and his children, granddaughters, and brother.

Bradley Mott (C79), veteran Chicago stage actor, died on October 10 at age 64 in Chicago. Large in stature and spirit, Mott was a gifted comedic actor and a fixture in Chicago theaters, known for his work as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz at the Court Theatre in 2002, as Toad in A Year with Frog and Toad at Chicago Children’s Theatre, starring opposite John Malkovich in Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class at Robert Falls’s Wisdom Bridge Theatre, and many turns as Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre. Born in New York City and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, Mott landed on Chicago stages just after graduating from Northwestern. He was a beloved constant in the city until he moved back to the East Coast in 2008. He returned to Chicago shortly before his death from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Susan Osborne-Mott, two children, two brothers, and his mother.

Gwen K. Luecker (C37),
November 29, age 104,
Northbrook, Illinois

Ruth M. Hanna (GC42),
August 25, age 102, Wilmette,

Bernelleyn Patchen (C46),
May 14, age 95, Vacaville,

Shirley Silver (C48),
May 26, age 93, Toronto

Alice Berkowitz (C50),
September 29, age 91,
Longboat Key, Florida

Nancy Sergel (C50),
October 7, age 92, Gurnee, Illinois

Barbara Vanduyne (C50),
August 25, age 92, Durham,
North Carolina

Ann Lawson Weiss (GC50),
May 6, age 93, Chesterfield,

Barbara Winters (C50),
August 11, age 91, Houston

Carl D. Zurcher (GC50),
September 11, age 96,
Huntington, Indiana

Horace H. Cobb (C51),
August 1, age 92, West Des
Moines, Iowa

Richard L. Schiefelbusch (GC51),
September 23, age 102,
Lawrence, Kansas

Mary L. Fox (GC52),
September 5, age 91, Illinois

Jeannette MacLeod (C52),
August 23, age 89, Columbia,

Sandra Campbell (C53),
June 12, age 88, Darien,

Harold P. Fleig (C53),
September 1, age 89,
Lincolnshire, Illinois

Alice L. Siegfried (GC53),
July 18, age 88, Oneonta,
New York

Faith Stewart-Gordon (C53),
October 9, age 88, New Preston,

Rita Petz Lucas (C54),
June 23, San Francisco

Regina Manser (C54),
June 3, age 88, Spokane, Washington

Charles R. Reeves (C54),
October 11, age 88,
Williamsburg, Virginia

Richard Wingo (C54),
October 7, age 88, Wilmington,
North Carolina

DeWayne S. Woodring (C54),
July 4, age 88, Texas

Jane Rondou (C55),
August 9, age 86, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Lee Aronow (C56),
October 12, age 86, Corvallis, Oregon

Roger L. Minor (C56, L68),
September 7, Sahuarita, Arizona

Martin M. Kutnyak (GC59),
August 11, age 90, the Villages,

Ruth H. Leeb (C59),
August 14, age 83, Skokie, Illinois

Molly Schwartz (C61),
June 27, age 80, Asheville,
North Carolina

Diane J. Brezner (C65),
June 15, age 77, Houston

John Lee Jellicorse (GC67),
July 1, age 82, Greensboro,
North Carolina

Marilyn N. Reed (C68),
May 18, age 73, Brandon, Florida

Jaisook Ryu Bahng (GC70),
May 28, age 75, San Juan
Capistrano, California

Phyllis Martinez (C70),
July 1, age 72, Breckenridge, Colorado

Patricia Schreiber (GC80),
September 15, age 65, Herndon,

Ann C. Diamond (C81, GSESP96),
August 4, age 61, Bar Harbor, Maine

Wayne E. Robinson Jr. (C82),
August 1, Pembroke Pines,

Mark T. Wohlgenant (C84),
August 15, age 58, Chicago

Barbara Ann Hunt (GC88),
July 29, age 89, Mississippi

Paul Frank (C89),
September 30, age 53, Los Angeles

James K. Samuelsen (C93),
August 1, age 48, Troy, Michigan